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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Seers: Love and Terror on the Fourth of July is a paranormal novella of suspense written by J.R. Wirth. If it was the Fourth of July, Jess and his daughters would either be traveling from their Southern California home to visit his brother, Jim, and his family in Las Vegas, or they were already there. The two families had grown ever closer through the years, so much so that seventeen-year-old Dylan, Jim’s son, had spent that last summer with Jess and his daughters, seven-year-old Jade and sixteen-year-old Brandy. And, as is usual with most savvy travelers, Jess’s plan was for the four of them to get an early start to beat the California traffic. Unfortunately, he was the only one of the four who actually was any good at getting up early. Still, they did manage to leave fairly early and proceed on their journey to Vegas. It would end up being a most unusual journey, one that would leave them forever marked by the experience.
J.R. Wirth’s The Seers: Love and Terror on the Fourth of July starts out as your usual problem-filled road trip, but then the author abruptly pulls the rug out from under his readers’ feet as the plot turns infinitely more mysterious. Why was Brandy suddenly compelled to open the rear window of the car and reach her hand out toward the lightning and rain? What happened to her and Jess, and was it a gift or a curse? Wirth’s plot works quite well, and his characters are well-defined and believable. The Seers: Love and Terror on the Fourth of July is well-written and definitely fun to read; it’s most highly recommended.